Saint Theodore II, Bishop of Sion, October 27

October 27, 2009


Saint Theodore II, Bishop of Sion
October 27

The figure of St. Teodulo Bishop of Sion, has many similarities to its namesake saint, bishop of Octodurum, but he lived in the fourth century; their stories are often confused, especially in the story of miracles, both are in the Valais (canton of Switzerland south-west).

S. Teodulo or Theodore II, was the first bishop of the new diocese of Sion in the canton of Valais, after s. King Sigismund of Burgundy († 524) had transferred the seat of the diocese of Martigny to the new capital of the Valais, Sion.

S. Teodulo suggested to King Sigismund, along with neighboring bishops gathered in council to Agaune April 30 515, to found the famous Abbey of St. Mauritius, in honor of the martyrs of the Theban Legion, killed in those places.

He died sometime in the sixth century, and her oldest images are those of the reliquary in the Cathedral of Sion, while other paintings are in museums in Geneva and Zurich. A legendary story says that one year the vineyards of Valais had suffered severely for the frost, then s. Teodulo the eve of harvest, he urged the tenants to prepare the barrels as if it were an abundant harvest.

Then he piled up throughout the grape that was still good in the same place, he blessed and made to press the grapes in all the barrels, which were filled to overflowing with wine. For this he became the protector of vineyards and winemakers in some paintings is shown with a bunch of grapes in his hand. His feast day is October 27.

Author: Antonio Borrelli

Source: Santi e Beati


Eucharistic Adoration

October 26, 2009

I have chaperoned teens from my church to Stubenville San Diego for the past two years. It was a most amazing experience. I saw this priest at our stadium with over 4,000 teens. The room was darkened. He brought in Jesus in the Most Holy Eucharist and 4000 teenagers fell down upon their knees in worship. NO ONE told them to do that!

I began to weep with joy.

Blessed Damien of Finale, October 26

October 26, 2009

Blessed Damien of Finale Dominican, Priest
-Reggio Emilia, October 26, 1484

Born of the noble family of Furcheri in Finale, in Liguria. As a child was miraculously freed from the hands of a madman who had kidnapped him. Just a teenager, winning the resistance of relatives who could not accept losing him, he donned the habit of the Dominicans. He studied with diligence and love of Sacred Scripture, from which which was able to draw a pure and nutritious doctrine in view of effective preaching. Indefatigable, evangelized Liguria and Lombardy, where he helped to spread the Christian truth. But the divine word, the first wanted to embody in himself, with the sanctity of life. He was prior to his native Finale. Belonging to the current reform, he introduced it to the convent of Reggio Emilia by order of Pius II. In his later years he retired to the convent of Reggio Emilia to sink ever deeper into living contact with God and prepare for his embrace, which occurred in 1484. He wrote many fine artworks. His remains rest in the church of San Domenico in Reggio Emilia. Blessed Pope Pius IX on August 4, 1848 confirmed his cult, proclaiming Damien blessed.

Roman Martyrology: A Reggio Emilia, Furcheri Blessed Damien, a priest of the Order of Preachers, an outstanding herald of the Gospel.

Source: Santi e Beati

Anne Frank, protoblogger

October 25, 2009

Anne Fran at desk

Anne Frank, protoblogger

Because the current state of affairs in the US has some parallels to Germany in the 1930’s, I’ve been thinking about Anne Frank.  Her diary is really an early form of a blog, just not using the digital format. People have been reading her diary for years and now that we have technology available, it’s easy to see her in video as well as visiting her hiding place. I’m pleased to know that Anne Frank now has a channel on YouTube and that her hiding place is also available virtually.

Imagine how powerful her diary would have been if it was available in realtime as a blog while she was in hiding. Yes, her hiding place is likely to have been discovered sooner but think of all the technology available to obscure the location of origin of any post; think of Twitter and the lengths people went through to obscure their locations when the Iranian Vote took place recently.

Blessed Recaredo Centelles Abad, October 25

October 25, 2009

Recaredo Centelles Abad

Blessed Recaredo Centelles Abad

-Nules, Spain, October 25, 1936

Born in Vall de Uxó, Castellón province and diocese of Tortosa. He died in Nules (Castellón) on 25 October 1936, at 33 years old. Ministries: Tarragona Seminar, College of San Jose de Tortosa and Rector of the Minor Seminary of Tortosa.

Source: Santopedia

Golgotha-The Protestant Site in the Garden Tomb.

October 24, 2009

My Mom asked me to go with her and her church–Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa to Israel .
Despite going to Israel with Calvary Chapel, I thought we would still be visiting a lot of Catholic Churches b/c they are at all of the holy sites. But the tour avoided them and went to other nearby locations instead, except one Church. I sneaked away on several occasions and visited the Catholic Church but I was always afraid I might get Left Behind because there was no precise or even estimated time schedule.

But on to our topic. I knew of course that the Church of the Holy Seplechure was supposed to be built over the site of Jesus’ tomb. I did not know that it is also built over the site of Golgotha/Calvary also until I went online yesterday to find out what was what. It is a HUGE Church.

On the last day of our tour we went to the Garden Tomb. First we were taken to site overlooking a rock formation that looked very much like a skull and given a little talk and Bible readings.

This is what “Golgotha” looked like at the time of my visit April 2008.
Click on the thumbnails for full size view.

Then we were taken through a lovely garden to the Garden Tomb.

There was a channel in front of the door to roll a large stone, almost like a millstone.

There was a window and inside an unfinished tomb site. After going inside we came out and waited for the whole tour to view the tomb. While waiting I ran up to the gift shop and bought one of the fold out souvenir post card packs with lots of pictures of the Garden Tomb etc.

Then the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ was recounted as we gazed at the entrance to the Garden Tomb reclining comfortably in the shade of the lovely garden trees surrounded by nicely landscaped rock gardens. Chuck Smith did admit that we don’t know that this is actually the tomb of Jesus, but one was supposed to imagine that this really might be it.

I was feeling convinced myself but then I had reservations b/c I knew the Catholic Church had a very good track record of keeping track of Holy Sites and had existed continually since the time of Christ. Whereas this Garden Tomb was not discovered until a century ago and was left in complete obscurity by every church. And even our Israeli guide very clearly informed us that the Garden Tomb had absolutely no archeological support for it being the tomb of Christ. Still, it was a lovely site and close to what we might imagine the garden and tomb would have actually looked like 2000 years ago. Therein lies its appeal.

Before our visit to the Garden Tomb, I had visited the Church of the Holy Seplechure. I went for mass and a quick look around. But due to time constraints I had no guide and no audio guide. So I had no idea what I was looking at. While waiting for mass to begin in a chapel of the Blessed Eucharist I saw and heard a wonderful procession, in Latin I think. There was Gregorian Chant echoing around the interior of the gigantic church and organ music that sounded majestic ( I don’t really care much for organ music ordinarily but here it was absolutely chills-down-the-spine-BEAUTIFUL!!!! Then this procession came in to our Chapel and we had the unexpected pleasure of exposition and benediction of the Holy Eucharist. What a grace! I heard mass in Italian. When I left it was getting dark so I hurried off to catch a taxi. I came close to getting robbed or worse but that is another story.

As I said I looked at photos of the Church of the Holy Seplechure (CHS) online once I got home. I don’t think I ever saw the Tombwhen I was at the Church of the Holy Seplechur, but I did kneel and pray and touch the rock of Golgotha…someone spoke English and explained it that day to me. I would like to know more about the history of this site. But the fact that the Catholics, Armenians, and Orthodox all have a presence at the CHS argues for its authenticity. If the Garden Tomb was even a plausible alternative why wouldn’t one of these transfer their veneration to the Garden Tomb instead of CHS? Especially in light of the altercation at the Church in the spring 2008, between the Orthodox and the Armenians at the CHS.

As a Protestant I heard and also on this tour I heard again some irritation at the fact that Churches had been built on all the Holy Sites. Of course, ornate Catholic and Orthodox Churches are in complete opposition to the style of a Calvary Chapel Church in a warehouse or storefront or even in the decor of a proper church building in the Protestant Tradition.

So, Protestants in general are somewhat repulsed by all the gold, silver, and decorative elements meant to honor the holiness of historical Christian sites. They really want to go to the Holy Land and see what Jesus saw. But this is impossible. If the Catholic Church had not built churches on these sites the memory of their location would undoubtedly have been lost. Years ago, the Muslims did not destroy the Church in Bethlehem because in that church they saw a depiction of the Wise Men in Arabian dress, for instance. Pleased to see a familiar depiction of their people, they left the church alone.

But, I have to admit that when you go to the CHS it is hard to envision what it must have looked like before the Church was built over Golgotha and the Tomb. But it is much more edifying to be in the very place Jesus was crucified and buried. The Garden Tomb is more a representation of what it might have been like but I have to reject that it is authentic.

Remember the post card folder of pictures I bought? I saw in it two cards picturing “Golgotha” in the Garden Tomb area, the place of the skull. They looked very different. I asked the salesgirl why and she said one picture was an earlier photo

Early Black and White Photo

The more recent photo looks much more readily like a skull….so I think someone or many people have been fiddling with the site.

Communion was served, but I did not partake, of course. However, sensually the whole experience was very aestetically pleasing. IMO the Garden Tomb could be visited to gain a sense of what it might have looked like, sort of, but keeping clearly in mind that it is a sort of reproduction. And the Protestant alternative to visiting a Catholic Church. But, the Church of the Holy Seplechure has the REAL THINGS, the HOLY SITES –CALVARY/Golgotha and the Tomb.

USS New York, registered at Tiffany

October 24, 2009

I don’t know how I could possibly have missed this! The USS New York, scheduled to be commissioned on November 7, 2009, is registered at Tiffany’s.

The ship was built with steel from the World Trade Center.

Anyone want to go in on a teaspoon with me? It’s $105.75. No, I really can’t afford to spend the money right now, and yes, this is the cheapest item on the list.

If the ship doesn’t have silver, the terrorists will have won. Maybe Santa will buy anything remaining at the time of commissioning.